On Friday, the Biden administration announced plans to allow tens of thousands of people in the US on February 19 seeking asylum in Mexico under the “Remain in Mexico” program while their cases wind through immigration courts.
The plan is to allow people to enter through 3 border crossings, 2 of which will allow 300 people every day and fewer people through the third crossing.
The crossings are identified as Brownsville and El Paso in Texas, and San Diego’s San Ysidro crossing, according to U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar.
“As President Biden has made clear, the U.S. government is committed to rebuilding a safe, orderly, and humane immigration system. This latest action is another step in our commitment to reform immigration policies that do not align with our nation’s values, said Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
The Migrant Protection Protocols program has enrolled about 70,000 asylum-seekers since January 2019. The asylum seekers will be notified to appear in courts via virtual registration process in or close to their final destinations.